Popillia japonica - an invasive pest's spread across the continent and how to stop it with the help of a Horizon Europe Citizen Science App

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Popillia japonica is a small bug of approximately one-centimetre length with a shiny green head, brown-ish shiny wings and five distinct white stripes on its abdomen. However, while its jewel-like appearance is quite pleasing to the eye, we should not underestimate this invasive species' agenda: This beetle came to eat our crops and is very hungry.
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400 registered users

400 registered users

We are very happy to welcome 400 registered users in SPOTTERON. New registrations also came from the United States and the first submissions in Project ROADKILL has been made from overseas. Thanks for your help in our citizen science projects and continue to spread the word!

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A Milestone for Citizen Science: SPOTTERON 3.0 is here!

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It has been a busy year here at SPOTTERON. Despite the ongoing global pandemic, we are happy that a new platform generation is finally ready for your Citizen Science Apps! After months of building up the groundwork, thorough evaluation, testing and improving, we are excited to present you the new and most extensive Citizen Science Platform we've ev...
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Citizen Science connecting Continents - Researcher Simon Musila about the importance of a Mammal Monitoring App in Kenya

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A new Citizen Science App in Eastern Africa. In this video article, Simon Musila from the Mammal Section of the National Museums of Kenya speaks to 'Nature Kenya' about the importance of monitoring mammals in Kenya and why it is essential to use modern mobile application technology in scientific research to involve a wide range ...
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Blocking Content in Citizen Science Apps on the SPOTTERON platform

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Publishing Smartphone Apps on the App Stores for Android and IOS comes with necessities within the set of rules defined by Apple and Google. All Apps on the platforms must accept the terms of services and given rules to be able to have a presence on the App Stores. Sometimes this also comes with surprising challenges, as we have experienced a short while ago. 

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New Citizen Science features in SPOTTERON 0.2.4

New Citizen Science features in SPOTTERON 0.2.4

If you've subscribed to our newsletter, its no big news at all: Last week, the new Citizen Science project by Vetenskap och Allmänhet (Science and Public) and the Universities of Gothenburg and Stockholm has been pre-released on Android and is in review by Apple. Time to go into depth what new features are available also for your own Citizen Science project in SPOTTERON!

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Package L for custom interactive maps

Package L for custom interactive maps

Not every citizen science project has the need for own custom smartphone apps. Starting with April 2018, we offer a light-weight SPOTTERON package for Citizen Science projects, which provides an innovative web tool for desktop browsers..

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Video: Forum Citizen Science in Frankfurt, Germany

Video: Forum Citizen Science in Frankfurt, Germany

On 6th & 7th of September 2018, the "Forum Citizen Science" took place in Frankfurt, Germany, organised by the german Citizen Science hub "Bürger schaffen Wissen".

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This was the Vienna Ball of Sciences 2019 - with video!

This was the Vienna Ball of Sciences 2019 - with video!

On the 25th of January 2019 the Vienna City Hall hosted the Vienna Ball of Sciences for the 5th time, held under the motto: “Waltz and Science". As Citizen Scientists from SPOTTERON it was a great pleasure, that we had been invited to film the event just as we did the year before.

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Schweiz Forscht portray some of their most dedicated citizen scientist!

Schweiz Forscht portray some of their most dedicated citizen scientist!

In a new video series, our partners from Schweiz Forscht portray some of their most dedicated Citizen Scientist on their website.

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Six years of Citizen Science: Europe on SPOTTERON

Six years of Citizen Science: Europe on SPOTTERON

It has been six years since we started the first apps on the SPOTTERON platform and what a journey this has been!

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ECSA 2020: Designing a citizen science project? Let’s explore technology design & implementation!

ECSA 2020: Designing a citizen science project? Let’s explore technology design & implementation!

On this year's ECSA Citizen Science conference, we have been invited to hold a workshop on technology and the practice of design for Citizen Science. Since the conference moved completely online (read more about our experiences here in the Blog), we filled the session together with Jessie L. Oliver, who shared her research on how to design fun citizen science tech to find a sneaky Australia bird species (i.e. Eastern bristlebirds). Citizen Science is used and what technology implementation means for Citizen Science Apps and interactive online tools. Thanks for inviting us to be part of that session!

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New on the SPOTTERON Platform: ClimateWatch - a Citizen Science App for Climate Research

New on the SPOTTERON Platform: ClimateWatch - a Citizen Science App for Climate Research
The impacts of climate change are accelerating. Greenhouse gas concentrations drive global temperatures towards increasingly dangerous levels. A warming planet earth means rising sea levels, increased frequency and intensity of weather events, like fires, floods, cyclones, droughts, ocean acidification, and species loss. These are putting our health, livelihoods, food security, freshwater supply and economic growth at risk. It is time to take action on Climate Change and participate. 
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MAKENYA Mammal Atlas Kenya - A new Citizen Science App on the SPOTTERON platform

MAKENYA Mammal Atlas Kenya - A new Citizen Science App on the SPOTTERON platform

The MAKENYA - Mammal Atlas Kenya project is a Kenyan Citizen Science App to monitor rare and common mammals. Together with scientists of the Zoology Department of Kenya's National Museums, we developed and designed the first mobile Application for an African country running on the SPOTTERON Platform.

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Green Week Brussels 2015

Green Week Brussels 2015

The team of "Project Roadkill" and citizen-science.at has been invited to hold a keynote at the Green Week in Brussels, Belgium in June 2015! The invitation was done because of the innovative approach of the projects and their professional presentation in social networks and especially the SPOTTERON apps and media. The Green Week event is visited by over 3000 people and besides the keynote the team is also present in the public space with an information booth. We are very happy to be part of this movement and congratulate the team!

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SPOTTERON | Project Roadkill at the European Green Week in Brussels 2015

SPOTTERON | Project Roadkill at the European Green Week in Brussels 2015

International Citizen Science projects in SPOTTERON? - Done easily!
We want to congratulate the project team of Citizen Science Austria and Project Roadkill for their well done presentation at the European Green Week 2015 in Brussels, Belgium today. Since both projects are powered by SPOTTERON, the easy-to-use smartphone app system for citizen science and projects in environment conservation, we also have been present at this important event.

If you got questions regarding SPOTTERON or want to launch (or relaunch) your own citizen science app, please don't hesitate to contact us via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via phone at 0043 676 598 2272 - we will be happy to provide more information about SPOTTERON or support your own project with our system. Thanks a lot!

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SPOTTERON Apps for Apple iPhones!

SPOTTERON Apps for Apple iPhones!

The SPOTTERON Apps are now also released for Apple iPhones! This very important milestone is a destinct step further in the development of the SPOTTERON Apps for Citizen Science and environment conservation projects. Welcome, iPhone Users!

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New Features, new Apps

New Features, new Apps

There are news for your SPOTTERON Apps!

More Features, new Designs, more Apps, SPOTTERON has grown bigger again!

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New Version, many Updates: SPOTTERON v.0.1.8 is ready!

New Version, many Updates: SPOTTERON v.0.1.8 is ready!

During the last weeks we worked hard to deliver a huge update of the SPOTTERON Apps to you and in the meantime the new version 0.1.8 has been officially released for Android and sent in for review in Apple's iTunes.

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Feature introduction: Citizen Science Community Comments

Feature introduction: Citizen Science Community Comments

Through comments, users are able to interact with the spots directly in app in realtime. Posting comments is an important tool for both users and project teams, increasing the level of activity throughout the project and to provide information or make suggestions at observations. Below every spot in the Citizen Science app, users can find a tab with the comment section for observation-related comments.

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Shortnews

  • It is often the case in Citizen Science Apps that participants have different levels of experience, tools, or knowledge levels. Examples of this can emerge in many research topics, from experts on species classification to people with measuring equipment. With the new SPOTTERON platform feature "User Roles," we have created the basis for an extendable system to set up different kinds of participant levels in a Citizen Science App. Read more on the Citizen Science Blog

    Wednesday, 04 May 2022
  • Many Citizen Science and User Engagement projects utilize more than only point data for locations and spatial dimensions. Examples are plentiful - from setting up transects for counting butterflies to recording habitats and transformations.For that purpose, we have developed a new feature for all Citizen Science Apps on the SPOTTERON platform to enable users to set up in a Spot spatial data along with their recording. Read more on the Citizen Science Blog

    Wednesday, 04 May 2022